Today I am on tour. That’s right. A blog tour! I am part of a movement of Independent Authors, who, you guessed it: ROCK!
Everyday from November 1st to December 20th a different indie author is charged with blogging to the world why they think Indie Authors Rock.
So, why DO Indie Authors Rock? ‘Cause we do it all ON OUR OWN! People rage against Indie Authors as being lazy or not having work good enough to get traditionally publish. To those people I give you the bird. Yes that’s right. The bird.
Being an Indie Author is one of the hardest and most expensive things I have ever done. (And I have done a lot.) It’s not enough to try and WRITE a novel, while working full time and tending to children and a house. No, we also have to PAY for everything.
Editing Costs: $50 bucks an hour, or about $500 bucks, give or take.
Cover Costs: $50 bucks for a stock image that, if you use, someone will say you copied another person and YOU’LL get labeled as being unoriginal, (THAT’S ME AND MY COVER!) or $550 for a Graphic Designer to do it for you. (I don’t have that, hence stock image.)
SWAG: You know, all that free stuff we give away hoping you’ll buy our book? That stuff costs us money! Yeah, who knew? Bookmarks, business cards, stickers…they cost a lot!
Books: As if all of that isn’t bad enough we still have to buy our OWN copies of our book to try to sell to you! (And you wonder why so many indie authors don’t bother with paperbacks!)
But the biggest reason we rock, is because doing all of crap and a half a dozen other things I didn’t list, is the TIME we put into doing it all and the time it forces us AWAY from writing.
So the next time you leave a review for an Indie Author and slam them for poor editing, or unoriginal cover, please consider how much of our own money and time we put into our work all because we want you to love it as much as we do.
Want to help an Indie Writer? Buy their books. ( We sell them cheap so you can read them. TRUST ME, we don’t make squat on them.) Then, read them. Leave a helpful review. Post on their blogs, share and join their pages. After all, we’re busting our butts for you, dear readers.
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